Bottles of red and white wine line floor-to-ceiling racks in each room of Luce Ristorante e Enoteca. The restaurant's selection is so voluminous and varied that it has earned the Notable Wine List Diners’ Choice Award from OpenTable. The Zagat-rated restaurant holds very good to excellent ratings across the board, and has picked up other awards from OpenTable, including Best Ambiance, Neighborhood Gem, and Outdoor Dining. That ambiance includes stone columns inset with glowing lights that flank vibrant paintings in the main dining room, where waiters deliver housemade potato gnocchi in a gorgonzola-cream sauce, or wild mushrooms scattered across housemade pizza dough. Outside, cement pillars hold up a wooden-lattice roof on the patio, and a fireplace proffers a nice place to warm hands before patty-cake marathons.
At Texas Seafood Grill, stoves crackle beneath pots and pans of hearty seafood dinners, toeing the lines of myriad styles of cuisine. The chefs pair fried catfish, oysters, and scallops with salads, fries, and baked potatoes, and grill up steaks and call upon Cajun recipes to simmer crayfish étouffée and seafood gumbos. The versatile chefs extend their culinary expertise to whip up a range of Vietnamese seafood specialties, ranging from fried rice to vermicelli dishes. In the restaurant's comfortable lounge area, patrons sip beer, wine, and cocktails as they gaze at an array of TVs to cheer on their favorite team or full-contact-tiddlywinks player.
Texas Harbor Seafood's chefs hand bread fresh catches and assemble both individual platters and family-size portions of seafood and comfort fare. After perusing the menu, diners can declare their allegiance in surf vs. turf skirmishes, choosing from a roster of palatable options that includes a half-pound of crab legs ($8.99) or chicken-fried steak ($6.29). Twenty catfish nuggets perform original choreography from A Chorus Line before simultaneously splashing through tangy tartar sauce ($11.99). Families can feed every Tom, Dick, and Popeye with a 13-piece order of Alaskan pollock ($18.89), and individuals can keep an order of grilled salmon all to themselves ($8.99).
Chefs at the recently opened Seguin Seafood and Steak House turn to a variety of cooking methods to prepare surf 'n' turf dishes with Cajun roots. Seafood ranging from shrimp to whole red snapper acquires stylish grill stripes to give knives a sense of direction, or arrives at tables steamed, boiled, or fried with flavorful sides such as grilled vegetables and dirty rice. The culinary crew can also cook a 16-ounce T-bone steak to order or ladle out a spicy bowl of crawfish gumbo. The restaurant is locally owned and family operated, and boasts a bright-blue exterior that welcomes guests more cheerfully than a giant smiley face hovering over a pep rally.:m]]
Malibu Shack Grill & Beach Bar makes a splash in the San Antonio culinary waters with a California-inspired menu brimming with fresh half-pound, handmade 100 percent Angus beef burgers on buns of choice, taco plates, and battered seafood. The SoCal-inspired eatery welcomes neighbors and far-flung wanderers into its surfboard-festooned dining room, which is painted in bright green and orange. Patrons sip fountain drinks amid potted fronds, lounge on the outdoor patio, or saunter over to the 45-foot bar made of bamboo and spritzed with panda-repelling perfume.